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New comet pictures – UPDATED

By johnboy - 1 February 2007 31

[First filed: January 23, 2007 @ 23:25
Next filed: January 28, 2007 @ 23:15]

Whoops, my junk filter was being overzealous so I missed a pile, apologies to those who sent them in. So as a farewell the Comet McNaught here are those pictures.

This one is by James:

and Red had a, well, a red one:

(older pictures follow)

Jr has two more!

And the other from Jr:

Some more pictures taken 23-JAN-07 from Higgins by John Kovacs from Candlelight Pictures.

[Last filed: January 22, 2007 @ 13:14]

Marty has sent in a picture of the comet from last night, much more impressive than last week!

Keep sending them in to (max 550 pixels to a side please)

And here’s Deano’s excellent efforts:

What’s Your opinion?

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31 Responses to
New comet pictures – UPDATED
Gerry-Built 3:35 am 24 Jan 07

Look South, then s-l-o-w-l-y turn East (about 30degrees) – if you miss it, KandyA’s Triffids have made you blind too 😉 Looks like a car with headlights on, angled akwardly on a cliff-edge…

Wow! I was impressed (but then, that is pretty easy). Much better than that Halley fiasco. Hey, nice pics from ya’ll!

Meconium 1:25 am 24 Jan 07


KandyA 10:28 am 23 Jan 07

I have been watching the comet for a few nights, does anyone know anything about these giant plants that have appeared in my garden fking up my vegies? please respond quickly, my vision is inexplicably fading and I cant make out the screen too much longer….

oh sorry have we already had the triffid jokes?

Vic Bitterman 11:15 pm 22 Jan 07

Absolutely brilliant photos!!!!

The ones we took tonight were not as good, but my wife claims she’ll do all sorts of ‘stuff’ to the camera tomorrow to take better pics (Canon 350D) 🙂

She’s the one who’s the alleged photographer in this household!

Deano 8:50 pm 22 Jan 07

Actually Siding Spring is not in Canberra but in Coonabarabran. Robert McNaught is based at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Australian National University.

Deano 8:47 pm 22 Jan 07

discovered by a Scottish astronomer

Scottish born but based at Siding Springs Observatory here in Canberra. He has twelve other comets named after him and an asteroid as well.

cabbage 4:56 pm 22 Jan 07

From todays Times on Line:

Giant comet lights up skies
Catherine Boyle in Australia

A comet discovered by a Scottish astronomer has transformed southern hemisphere skies this week.

Thousands of people have gathered in Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa to watch Comet McNaught, the brightest comet seen from Earth in more than 40 years. It is one of very few comets that can be seen by the naked eye in daylight and is around 140 million kilometres (87 million miles) from the Earth.

The comet consists of a head bigger than Mount Everest and a tail that stretches 30 million kilometres into space.

Hasdrubahl 4:55 pm 22 Jan 07

Yeah, but wear dark glasses!

Deano 4:54 pm 22 Jan 07

You will be able to see it tonight (clouds willing). It is moving away from the Sun as so is getting fainter by the day. It should be visible for the next week before it becomes too faint to see with the naked eye.

andy 4:30 pm 22 Jan 07

so i should still be able to see the comet tonight?

RandomGit 2:52 pm 22 Jan 07

Good O

Deano 2:37 pm 22 Jan 07

Best time is between 9:00pm and 9:30pm. Look just south of where the Sun has just set.

seepi 2:32 pm 22 Jan 07

Basically where the sun goes down. The best time is meant to be when the sun has just gone down – just as the twilight fades. Stand somewhere darkish, and look towards the horizon.

VYBerlinaV8_now with 2:17 pm 22 Jan 07

Look into the sky, towards the comet.

RandomGit 2:07 pm 22 Jan 07

Which way do we have to look again?

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